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Passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration

Objective

"The PACIFIC consortium will develop a new, low-cost and environmentally friendly tool for exploring for mineral deposits beneath the surface. The approach will build on the ""traditional"" passive seismic method, which is capable of providing useful broad-brush background information about the geological and structural setting of mineralised regions, but lacks the resolution needed for reliable identification of ore bodies. Two radically new developments are planned; reflection passive seismics, which is appropriate from greenfields exploration, and the multi-array method, which will typically be deployed during drilling or in brownfields exploration. Both techniques have major advantages over current techniques, namely relatively low cost and minor impact on the environment. Through the participation of two mineral exploration companies in the project, the two techniques will be validated on test sites in Canada and Sweden, thus brought from TRL2 to TRL5. Research on social acceptance and public perception of risk for mining activities will accompany the deployment and testing of the techniques.
The PACIFIC consortium comprises a major university and a research institute who will develop the theoretical background and codes for data treatment, a mid-tier mining company and a junior exploration company who will provide logistic support and access to test sites, two small service companies who will conduct the surveys and analyse the data, a geological survey who will conduct research on public opinion, and a company who will manage the project.
The PACIFIC project will thereby transfer the fruits of cutting-edge scientific research to industry and launch the development and deployment of new mineral exploration methods. This will enhance the competitiveness of the European mineral exploration industry, contribute to the discovery of new European ore deposits and decrease the dependence of European industry on imported mineral products.
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Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2017-OneStageB

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
Net EU contribution
€ 816 951,25
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble
France

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (13)

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 671 375,00
Address
Burlington Road 10
4 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STILLWATER CANADA INC

Participation ended

Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
90, Peninsula Rd
P0T 2E0 Marathon

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 76 600,69
SISPROBE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 456 184,75
Address
24 Allee Des Vulpains
38240 Meylan

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BEOWULF MINING PLC
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 6 250,00
Address
201 Temple Chambers 3-7 Temple Avenue
EC4Y0DT London

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

JOKKMOKK IRON MINES AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 126 500,00
Address
Storgatan 36 4tr
921 31 Lycksele

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

GRAFINTEC OY

Participation ended

Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 39 873,09
Address
Puolalanpuisto 2b C 12
20100 Abo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Varsinais-Suomi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Department of Environment, Climate and Communications
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 55 570,00
Address
Adelaide Road 29-31
D02 X285 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE LBG
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 180 000,00
Address
Whitaker Square Sir John Rogerson S Quay
D02 K138 Dublin

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY)LTD
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 482 110,00
Address
Equitania Farm Bredell Road Off The R44
7130 Somerset West

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARTTIC
France
Net EU contribution
€ 249 375,00
Address
39 Rue Des Mathurins
75008 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CIAOTECH Srl
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 29 750,00
Address
Via Palestrina 25
00189 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GRAFINTEC OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 86 126,91
Address
Puolalanpuisto 2b C 12
20100 Abo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Varsinais-Suomi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GENERATION PGM INC.
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
100 King St. West Suite 7010
M5X1B1 Toronto

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 44 024,31